Book: Nicholas Sayre & The Creature in the Case Cover Image

“Of scratching and inkings”

Author: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 1st October 2007 (UK version)

Going on a Garth Nix kick, I had a look through this book, which a follow-on story from The Old Kingdom Trilogy (The Abhorsen Trilogy). There are a few nice pictures which relate to the short stories that I haven’t seen online. Garth Nix’s short stories have been published in various fantasy anthologies, but I haven’t come across any of these illustrations, possibly because this is an old children’s edition.

I will try and upload the illustrations as I review the stories. This is the Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case image, which I have already reviewed.
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Credit goes to David Wyatt, who has illustrated the headings of the stories for the Harper Collins Children’s Book’s in Great Britain 2006. Photographs taken by me.

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News: J K Rowling denounces Hermione-Ron Romance

“Overshadowed by best friend…?”

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This revelation has been ricocheting it’s way through the news outlets, J.K. Rowling, the creator of the famous Harry Potter series, has commented that Hermione should have been with Harry, and not Ron.

This is a shocking announcement after the conclusion of the series, which sees Hermione and Ron in a harmonious relationship, and having two children together.

There have been lots of critical analysis of the author’s comment, and one of the most interesting and detailed is Tor’s ‘Erased by Time and Blockbusters—The Cautionary Tale of Ron Weasley‘, which was initially published two weeks ago ahead of the comment, but it coincidences greatly with this new development. The article analyses why Ron Weasley is the weakest of the trio, and how his portrayal in the movies is a major contribution to this.

While it is doubtful that J.K. Rowling feels the movie version of Ron is significant enough to overwrite her internal version of Ron, she states that her changed feelings towards Ron and his relationship with Hermione, have come from a new-found perspective from time.

See more information at this source.

Book: The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time Book 3) Review

“Where’s Rand?”

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Author: Robert Jordan

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 10th December 1992 (UK version)

The third book in the series is a bit strange, in my opinion. It draws away from Rand, who I firmly believe is the main character, despite the infinitely large cast.The book instead follows the various subgroups that are in a quest to follow Rand, and his path of destruction, whether they know it or not.

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Book: Chivalry (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“This will look lovely on my mantlepiece…”

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Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

Old Mrs Whitaker has a habit of treating herself to gifts and ornaments from her local charity shop. One day, she finds a dusty old object, which turns out to be the Holy Grail… and decides that it would look rather nice on her mantlepiece.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Purchased: The Hobbit

“Adventure? No, thank you!”

Author: J R R Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s+

Released: 30th August 2012

How amazing are these covers for the film tie-in of The Hobbit by HarperCollins Publishers. Being a really big fan of The Lord of The Rings trilogy films, I couldn’t wait until The Hobbit was released. This time though, I’m deciding to take the plunge into the world of Tolkien, and seriously educate myself on this epic series, in the word.

I have high expectations, that will no doubt be fulfilled, considering every fantasy author names Tolkien as one of their inspirations. My only shame is how long it took me to buy the book!

Just to make life more lush, there’s a children’s version of the film tie-in cover, featuring a lovely illustration. I have the grown-up looking cover, but am kicking myself for not spotting the cuter cover first.

Read the blurb below!

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Book: The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy Book 3) Review

“Ending on a magical note”

Author: Trudi Canavan

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Age: YA+

Released: 4th March 2010 (UK Version)

The final book of the The Black Magician Trilogy continues the story of Sonea, a young streetgirl-turned-magician that now lives with the most powerful magician the Guild has ever seen.

Unknown to the rest of the world, Akkarin, who practices dark magic in secret, is actually holding her hostage.

How many others will suffer before his secret is out? And how does this link to to an epic war between neighbouring countries of magicians?

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Book: October In The Chair (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“My name is Dearly…”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

The months sit around a campfire and each tell a story. This time, October is in the chair, and his tale is cold and grim.

Donald, more popularly known as The Runt, is unloved by his family and runs away. Taking shelter near an abandoned village, he is woken in the middle of the night by a ghost, and shown the joys of being dead.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: How To Sell Ponti Bridge (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“What’s the biggest scam you’ve ever pulled?”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

At an intergalactic rogues club, a group of scammers sit together and talk about the oldest scam of all time: selling landmarks. This scam is so old, it’s tired and small-world. However, one of them has a biggest story to tell about Ponti Bridge.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: Don’t Ask Jack (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“No-one knew where the toy had come from…”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

A short story in this anthology, that looks at a eerie toy in a mansion.

A group of four young siblings are terrified and won’t go near the Jack-in-the-Box. Stories are made up about how he got trapped in the box, and what kind of creature he is.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy Book 2) Review

“Black magic hush hush”

Author: Trudi Canavan

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Age: YA+

Released: 4th March 2010 (UK Version)

Sonea is now a part of the Magician’s guild that she tried to run away from in the first book. After developing a good relationsip with her mentor, Rothen, she’s looking forward to learning magic. But being an outsider is never easy, and the other magicians, who have been picked from prestigious Houses, want her out.

Is it really hard to make friends?

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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